Sometimes it seems like Spider-Man is the loneliest and unluckiest hero in the entire Marvel Universe. But as it turns out, he’s far from the only wall-crawling hero out there. The Marvel multiverse is full of like-minded do-gooders who use their spider-powers to defend innocent lives. And when those heroes come together, the Spider-Verse is born.
The Spider-Verse concept has become an increasingly important part of Spider-Man’s mythology. And thanks to animated series like Ultimate Spider-Man and the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s also gone mainstream in a big way. But if you don’t know your Spider-Ham from your Spider-Gwen, here’s a quick refresher on the background and significance of the Spider-Verse.